Candidates are placed on a ballot in St. Louis Park after they file for office.
When and where to file for office
Candidate filing for city offices (mayor or council member) will take place July 30 – Aug. 13, 2019 at the city clerk’s office, 5005 Minnetonka Blvd.
The city clerk’s office is open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Note: The clerk’s office will be open until 5 p.m. on the final day of the filing period, Aug. 13.
How to file for office
To file for office, you must:
- Complete an affidavit of candidacy
- Pay the $20 filing fee
- File a nominating petition signed by at least 50 registered voters qualified to vote for the office
The above requirements for filing must all be done during the filing period, July 30 – Aug. 13.
Any person may be a candidate for a city office if they are:
- Eligible to vote in Minnesota
- At least 21 years old upon assuming office
- Not a candidate for another office in the upcoming election
- A St. Louis Park resident at least 30 days before the general election
Candidates are allowed to withdraw their filing and remove their name from a ballot during the withdrawal period. The 2019 withdrawal period is Aug. 14 – 15 by 5 p.m. To withdraw, you must file an affidavit of withdrawal with the city clerk’s office.
Once the withdrawal period has ended, a candidate’s name cannot be removed from a ballot.
Candidate information sessions
The city holds information sessions each year to help candidates learn about and understand how the city operates and the roles of the mayor and council members.
This year’s session will include information about ranked-choice voting and how it works. The date, time and location for this session will be posted at a later date.
The city clerk’s office provides a toolkit of resources to candidates running for city offices. The toolkit includes information on the rules of being a candidate, how elections are run in St. Louis Park, general city operations and functions, and what is involved in being a member of the city council.
The toolkit includes the following resources:
- Campaign manual
- Note: The Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State only produces the campaign manual in even years.
- Campaign financial report
- Voter registration form (an online voter registration form is also available)
- Absentee ballot applications
Candidates will receive a toolkit when they file for office. Additional copies can be requested by emailing email@example.com.
Please be aware that the role of the city clerk’s office is to connect candidates with resources to help navigate the technical aspects and requirements of becoming a candidate and the overall administration of elections. City staff cannot interpret laws for candidates or provide advice related to campaigns.